The band were thrilled to compete in the Kapitol Cory Online Brass Band Championships 2021, a virtual music contest broadcast live on YouTube and hosted by the Cory Band. Broadcast over three successive weekends in March, the contest included Championship, 1st to 4th, University and Youth Sections, with bands entering from all around the world!
Pontardulais Town Band competed in the 1st Section, broadcast on 20th March in a field of 12 bands. The adjudicators for the section were Cory Band members Chris Thomas, Simon Howell and Helen Williams.
The entire contest is worth watching, but if you only want to view our entry, it starts at 1:12:57 in the video below.
The ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately restricted our ability to spread some much needed Christmas cheer in the local community.
Instead of public performances at local supermarkets, pubs, in the community and of course our annual Christmas concert, we are delighted to share a selection of past performances of our favourite Pontardulais Town Band Christmas pieces to put you in the festive mood.
As we countdown to the big day, we will be posting a new piece every day, including something VERY special on the weekend of the 19th/20th.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page, or check this page for updates!
24th December – We Wish You A Merry Christmas
For our final video, a socially distanced offering of the piece we normally finish our carol playing sessions with.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Christmas videos, we end with a message from the Chair of Pontardulais Town Band:
This year has proved to be a difficult one for us all. We are very grateful to all of you for your support in these very challenging times and value your continued assistance. The committee has been busy in working together and collaborating in keeping our members safe. We are now looking forward to the future in 2021 and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Sue Aldrich Chairperson, Pontardulais Town Band
23rd December – The Twelve Days of Christmas
Time for a sing-along! This has become a bit of a tradition at our annual Christmas Concert!
22nd December – (Not So) Silent Night
Now a different take, by Jonathan Mead, on the classic Silent Night, performed by the Senior, Training and Beginner Bands. Definitely another one to watch until the end…
21st December – Mary, Did You Know?
A change of pace today with this piece, arranged by our solo horn player, Tara Smith.
20th December – Santa Claus-Trophobia
Next up is the second of our special videos, recorded especially for this Christmas!
19th December – Jingle Bells
Here is the first of the special videos as promised, recorded especially for this Christmas!
18th December – Winter Wonderland
Another festive favourite today!
17th December – Christmas Overture
How many Christmas songs and carols can you count in today’s offering?
16th December – One Day I’ll Fly Away
Next up is a solo from our soprano cornet player, Kevin ‘Snowman’ Shanklin. Once again, keep watching for the hidden bonus track at the end…
15th December – A Christmas Adventure
Today’s piece feature a solo from our solo horn player, Tara Smith.
14th December – Jingle Bells
Now a joint effort from the Senior, Training and Beginners Bands.
13th December – O Holy Night
Next up, we feature our solo euphonium player, Lyndon Harris. Watch to the end for an extra treat…
12th December – Festive Intrada
Sit back, relax and enjoy our first piece, Festive Intrada – do keep a look out for a very naughty elf…
Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic there is no Remembrance Parade in Pontarddulais this year. This video, using footage from previous years’ parades and the 2018 WW1 100 Years Remembrance Concert, as well as contributions from Pontarddulais Male Choir and Pontarddulais Town Band, has been put together as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
The band’s first ever ‘Virtual Concert’, published during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and associated fundraiser has been featured by BBC Cymru, both in a television news broadcast on Sunday 13th July and online.
The band was sadly unable to hold its Annual Concert at Pontardulais Comprehensive School, scheduled for July 4th, due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, the band were delighted to share its first ever Virtual Concert, which included some of its highlight performances and outstanding soloists’ contributions from previous Annual Concerts. The virtual compere for the evening was Band President, Garry Owen.
The band hope you enjoy the concert and encourage you to share it with your friends and family to enjoy too.
As mentioned at the end of the video, if you enjoyed the concert and would like to make a donation to the band, please follow this link to the band’s current campaign on GoFundMe.
Men of Harlech
Ol’ Man River
Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, arr. Mark Freeh
Prelude on Two Welsh Hymns
Stardust Guest Soloist: Chris Thomas – Trombone
Hoagy Carmichael arr. Bill Geldard
Green Hornet Guest Soloist: Tom Hutchinson – Trumpet
The third and final leg of the 2019 Welsh League Series was held on November 23rd at Stanwell School in Penarth, and saw the band named joint First Section Champions for 2019, alongside the BTM Band.
This leg of the Welsh League Series was a ‘Concert Programme’ contest and saw the Championship and First Sections combined. The band was placed 5th, but were 2nd of the First Section bands, with a programme which included the premiere contest performance of band member Jonathan Mead’s ‘Prelude on Two Welsh Hymn Tunes’.
Full results for the combined Championship and First Sections are below.
City of Cardiff M1 Band (Championship Section)
Ebbw Valley Brass (Championship Section)
Tongwynlais Temperance Band (Championship Section)
BTM Band (First Section)
Pontardulais Town Band (First Section)
Markham & District Band (First Section)
Best Instrumentalist: Tim Jones – Euphonium (BTM Band) Best Trombone: Bethan Cooke (Ebbw Valley Brass) Best Bass Section: BTM Band
The band was once again proud to lead the Remembrance Sunday Parade in Pontardulais on 10th November 2019. The Senior Band was pleased to be joined on Parade by members of the Training Band, some of whom were taking part in their first Remembrance Parade.
Special thanks to band member Iwan Hill for playing the Last Post at the outdoor Service held at the War Memorial in Pontardulais.